June 14, 2019 Herb

U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announces the creation of the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Task Force. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Justice One day ago, U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr announced the creation of the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Task Force (TEFSF) to focuses on investigating and prosecuting individuals and entities associated with foreign-based fraud schemes, including telemarketing, mass-mailings and tech-support fraud schemes that disproportionately targets older Americans. Barr announced the creation of this new federal Strike Force as part of a week of events reorganizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15,…

June 3, 2019 Herb

  AARP Announces Global Photography Project. Photo credit: AARP With the graying of the planet, people over age 50 are living, working and even playing longer than earlier generations.  AARP has found a new way to capture these older, active people. The Washington, DC-based aging advocacy group announces A New Age, a global photojournalism project that documents the evolving face of aging.  Photos taken during this nearly year-long initiative makes its premier in the June/July issue of AARP The Magazine, a print publication with over 38 million readers.   the nation’s most read print publication, with over 38…

May 29, 2019 Herb

Are you unaware of Caller ID Limitations?  Are you underusing ‘Do Not Call’ Registry?  If your aswer is “yes,” don’t feel alone.  According to a newly released survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network, while most Americans suspect that most of the automated messages (called “robocalls”), few are taking actions to protect themselves. Photo Credit: Social Security Matters, Social Security Administration  An estimated 48 billion robocalls came into the United States last year. Nearly half of U.S. adults surveyed by AARP said they receive seven or more robocalls per week With its efficiency to make mass…

May 20, 2019 Herb

Carrying student loan debt into your retirement years can make it especially difficult to cover your retirement expenses.  A growing number of seniors are defaulting on paying their federal student loans and as a result are seeing decreased  tax refunds and part of their Social Security benefit withheld to repay the loan. According to a report released by the Washington, DC-based AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI), student loan debt his skyrocketing across age groups, and older American’s are taking a hit by financing college education for their children, grandchildren and other family members. Federal Reserve data shows that Americans owed $1.5 trillion in student loan…

May 15, 2019 Herb

Line Dancing at Senior Center New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued a proclamation recognizing the month of May as “Older Americans Month” (OAM).  The month has been designated by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as OAM and New Jersey embrace the national theme for this month, “Connect, Create and Contribute. According to Murphy’s proclamation, there are 1.8 million New Jersey residents who are aged 60 and older.  He says that individuals continue to play an important role by continuing to contribute their life experiences, wisdom…